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SERIES: Liberty Head Five Cents 1883-1912
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1885 5C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
3846
Diameter:
21.20 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
5.00 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,473,300
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$74,750 • PCGS MS67 • 3-14-2006 • American Numismatic Rarities
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 5,000 R-4.0 1 / 32 TIE 1 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 1 / 32 TIE 1 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 2 / 32 TIE 2 / 33 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Carnton Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Brokered by Brian Wagner in a private transaction, March 2012, for $170,000 -
Greenbrier River Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Carnton Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Brokered by Brian Wagner in a private transaction, March 2012, for $170,000 -
Greenbrier River Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2008:2727 -
Heritage 1/2009:3630 -
Daryl J. Haynor Collection -
Heritage 8/2011:7050, $17,250

4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1885 Liberty Head Nickel has the second lowest mintage of the entire series (after the 1912-S).  Most of the Liberty Head Nickel dates have mintages over 10 million, some over 20 million, a few over 30 million, and two that are just shy of 40 million.  As a result, the 1885 is a very scarce coin and a widely recognized, highly popular rarity.  In terms of pricing, the 1885 generally costs more than the lower-mintage 1912-S, partly because fewer of the former were saved in the year of issue.

The PCGS Population Report shows MS64 as the most "common" Mint State grade.  MS66 examples are very scarce and the inest example certified by PCGS is a single PCGS MS67.